Technology changes dentistry for the better all the time, making for more accurate diagnoses, more seamless processes and better record-keeping. We have the capability to detect disease and decay earlier than ever before, so our goal is to assess and treat smaller problems before they develop into larger, more painful, and more costly ones. Dr. Sievert and the Westlake Family Dentistry team are dedicated to continuing education and training to improve treatment and patient care.
As technology has improved, traditional x-rays have become digital. Digital x-rays are significantly safer – they produce up to 90% less radiation than traditional x-rays did. They are also more detailed and accurate, so small issues can be detected long before they become big problems. Digital x-rays are taken quickly and easily right from the dental chair in a matter of seconds with less chance for movement or human error, and they are pulled up on the screen almost immediately for doctor, staff and patients to view together.
When the first intraoral cameras were developed sometime in the late 1980s, dentists and hygienists still relied on their own eyesight and a small mirror to see into the mouth and peer around toothy corners, so intraoral cameras have made a massive impact on dentistry. These days, intraoral cameras produce real-time, high-resolution images that can be magnified to detect problems much sooner. Intraoral cameras also enable you to see what we see – on the same screen, at the same time – so you can ask questions and get answers right away.
The quick and reliable DIAGNOdent™ pen shows Dr. Sievert where tooth decay is found. It uses laser fluorescence to locate cavities, even when the outer tooth surface appears intact. Not only does it provide a more effective diagnosis than traditional methods, it is quick, convenient, and also pain-free.
NTI stands for Nociceptive Trigeminal Inhibition (what a mouthful!). An NTI device may be able to alleviate chronic morning headaches. Dr. Sievert retrofits an NTI device to your front upper or lower teeth, which reduces clenching intensity by preventing the contact of select upper and lower teeth. The select teeth are the ones driving the subconscious impulse to clench–and–for many patients, a clenching habit often results in painful morning headaches.
If you have any questions about our technology or would like to schedule an appointment with your Lake Oswego dentist, Dr. Sievert at Westlake Family Dentistry, give us a call or request an appointment online below. We can’t wait to smile with you!
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